Journalist held incommunicado for past week in South Sudan

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first_img News July 18, 2017 Journalist held incommunicado for past week in South Sudan December 23, 2020 Find out more South Sudan president, Salva Kiir, holds a press conference in Juba, on 25/04/2014© AFP PHOTO / CHARLES LOMODONG Receive email alerts RSF welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s statement calling for justice for Christopher Allen three years on South SudanAfrica Condemning abuses PredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expression Mayat has just completed a week in detention without being able to speak to his family or lawyer, who have not been able to obtain any information about his state of health or the conditions in which he is being held. No charges have been brought against him. National security officers arrested him one day after SSBC failed to provide live coverage of a speech that President Salva Kiir gave to mark the sixth anniversary of the country’s independence, although Mayat attributed this failure to technical problems. Kiir has been South Sudan’s president – and an RSF “press freedom predator” – since 2011. “We call for this journalist’s immediate release,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Frequent arbitrary measures of this kind by the security services and the accompanying impunity are killing media freedom in South Sudan and are holding back a return to peace and national reconciliation.” After South Sudan obtained independence in 2011, a civil war broke out in 2013 and the ensuing political and security crisis has not spared the media. News outlets have been suspended, newspaper issues have been seized, and journalists have been detained arbitrarily, tortured, harassed, forced to censor themselves or forced to flee abroad. South Sudan has fallen 20 places in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index since 2015 and is now ranked 145th out of 180 countries. More information about South Sudan here. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Adil Faris Mayat, the head of South Sudan’s state-owned national TV broadcaster, SSBC, who has been held incommunicado since 10 July. News Organisation Follow the news on South Sudancenter_img Online memorial and writing prize launched to mark 30th birthday of slain journalist Christopher Allen News News Help by sharing this information South SudanAfrica Condemning abuses PredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expression RSF_en August 25, 2020 Find out more to go further Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years August 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Misbehaving owners hardly unheard of in pro sports

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first_imgIn this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the AFC Championship NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots, in Kansas City, Mo. Police in Florida have charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, saying they have videotape of him paying for a sex act inside an illicit massage parlor. Jupiter police told reporters Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, that the 77-year-old Kraft has not been arrested. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)Misbehaving owners of sports teams have drawn headlines pretty much since sports have been around.Now, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft faces misdemeanor charges of soliciting a prostitute after police said he was twice videotaped paying for a sex act at a massage parlor in Florida amid a crackdown on sex trafficking.He joins a list of current and former NFL owners accused of crimes or social misconduct.Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, top center, watches during the first half of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)Last year, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson sold the team after allegations surfaced of sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace. Following a six-month investigation by the league, he was fined $2.7 million. Richardson, the team’s founder, then sold the franchise to David Tepper for $2.2 billion.Cleveland Browns owner Jim Haslam had legal troubles while CEO of Pilot Flying J, one of the nation’s largest truck-stop chains. Company executives either pleaded guilty or were convicted in a fraud scheme worth more than $50 million. Haslam claimed he didn’t know about the scheme in which customers were underpaid on promised rebates for fuel purchases, and he was not charged.Haslam bought the Browns in October 2012, six months before the FBI and IRS raided company headquarters. The NFL never disciplined him.Jim Irsay, whose Indianapolis Colts won a Super Bowl for the 2006 season under his leadership, had acknowledged having a painkiller addiction in 2002 and sought treatment. The DEA investigated the case, but local prosecutors did not file charges.Then, in March 2014, Irsay was arrested near his home in suburban Carmel and was held overnight after he failed sobriety tests and police found prescription medications in his car. The police said the drugs in Irsay’s vehicle were not associated with any of the prescription bottles found inside. He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, along with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance; police also found $29,009 in cash.He again sought treatment and in September 2014 pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated, agreeing to undergo drug testing for a year. Irsay also admitted he was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was arrested.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Irsay for six games and fined him $500,000.Ed DeBartolo Jr., who built the San Francisco 49ers’ 1980s-90s dynasty with Bill Walsh as coach, was involved in one of the biggest owners’ scandals in the sport’s history. In 1998, he pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony when he paid $400,000 to former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards in exchange for a riverboat gambling license.DeBartolo was suspended from the NFL for one year in 1999 for his role in the gambling fraud scandal. He also handed over control of the team to his sister, Denise DeBartolo York, and never returned to the 49ers.Former Philadelphia Eagles owner Leonard Tose had to sell the team in 1985 to pay off more than $25 million in debts to Atlantic City casinos.Football hardly stands alone in the owners’ misbehavior market.Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott was sued by former employees during the days of the Big Red Machine for being a racist and, at one point, was quoted in The New York Times as saying Adolf Hitler initially was good for Germany; that her use of racially inappropriate words was in jest; and that she didn’t understand why certain ethnically insulting words were offensive.In 1993, Schott was suspended for one year by Major League Baseball and fined $25,000 for language that MLB’s executive council deemed “racially and ethnically offensive.”In this Dec. 19, 2011, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, sits with V. Stiviano as they watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was fined $2.5 million and banned from the NBA for life in 2014 for racist comments he made to a friend. Sterling scolded her for posting pictures on Instagram in which she was accompanied by Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, both Black.“Why are you taking pictures with minorities, why?” Sterling was recorded as saying. “Don’t put him on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. . And don’t bring him to my games, OK? … Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to promo, broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”The Rigas family owned the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was forced to relinquish control of the team after indictments on bank and security fraud charges for raiding the coffers of their cable company, Adelphia. The Sabres played the 2003-04 season under NHL operation before being purchased out of bankruptcy by Thomas Golisano.Last year, NASCAR’s Brian France , whose family owns the stock car racing circuit and many of the tracks where it competes, was arrested in New York on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He immediately took a leave of absence and his uncle, Jim France, stepped in as chairman and CEO.Perhaps the most documented misbehavior by a franchise owner occurred with George Steinbrenner of the New York Yankees.A 15-count indictment was handed up in 1974 in Cleveland federal court for violations of election laws. Steinbrenner pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to make illegal campaign contributions, then was suspended by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn for two years. That suspension was lifted after 15 months for good behavior.Steinbrenner frequently was fined for publicly criticizing umpires and for tampering. He was forced to resign as the team’s managing general partner in 1990 for dealings with and a $40,000 payment to self-described gambler Howard Spira. Steinbrenner returned to his position on March 1, 1993.___AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi, Baseball Writer Ronald Blum, Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney and Hockey Writer John Wawrow, and Sports Writers Tom Withers and Mike Marot contributed to this report.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

TALENTED SPRINTERS SALUTOS AMIGOS & KOBE’S BACK PROMINENT IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 PALOS VERDES STAKES AT SIX FURLONGS

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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2016)–Salutos Amigos and Kobe’s Back, who last met in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint Oct. 31, head a field of six older horses going six furlongs in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes at Santa Anita.Owned in-part and trained by David Jacobson, Salutos Amigos comes off a close second as the 9-5 favorite in the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong Midnight Lute Stakes here on Jan. 2 and thus merits top billing. Second, beaten a neck in the prestigious Grade I, six furlong Vosburgh Stakes Sept. 26 at Belmont, he was subsequently fifth, beaten 4 ½ lengths by Eclipse Award winning sprinter Runhappy in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, as he and Kobe’s Back, who finished seventh, were separated by just a nostril at the wire.A 6-year-old gelding by Salute the Sarge, Salutos Amigos has six wins from 17 tries at six furlongs. Also owned by Southern Equine Stable, LLC, Salutos Amigos, who would prefer to rally from off the pace, is 35-10-4-4 overall, with earnings of $1,142,406.Notoriously tardy leaving the starting gate, C R K Stable’s Kobe’s Back was again away slowly in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, but rallied well under Gary Stevens who rides back from the rail post in the Palos Verdes.A winner of the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes when trained by John Sadler at age three, Kobe’s Back, a 5-year-old horse by Flatter, was second, beaten a neck, two starts back in the Grade I, six furlong Santa Anita Sprint Championship and is still regarded as one of the nation’s more highly regarded sprinters.Conditioned by Peter Eurton in his last seven starts, Kobe’s Back is 16-3-3-2 overall with earnings of $652,250.The complete field for the Grade II Palos Verdes, to be run as the sixth race on an eight-race card Sunday, with jockeys and all horses assigned 119 pounds in post position order: Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens; Salutos Amigos, Rafael Bejarano; Mystery Train, Tyler Baze; Pulling G’s, Victor Espinoza; Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, and Cautious Giant, Santiago Gonzalez.                Please note, there is early first post time on Big Game Sunday at Santa Anita of 11 a.m. Admission gates will open at 9 a.m.last_img read more

Donegal public urged to support ‘Jersey Day’ this October

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first_imgThe Donegal public are being urged to show their true colours and get on their kit for GOAL Jersey Day which takes place nationwide this October. School, businesses, and organisations throughout Donegal are being encouraged to sign up to GOAL Jersey Day, which takes place on October 11th, and wear their favourite sporting strip to raise vital funds for communities around the world facing extreme poverty and crises.Funds raised will go towards GOAL’s life-saving work in emergency response, health, nutrition and sustainable livelihoods in 13 of the world’s poorest countries. Last year alone GOAL reached more than five million people in need in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. GOAL’s Director of Fundraising & Marketing, Eamon Sharkey, said: “GOAL Jersey Day is one of Ireland’s longest-running fundraisers, and has been in existence for more than three decades.“Last year more than €150,000 was raised to support our work all over the world and we are appealing to the people of Donegal to once again support us – and have fun at the same time.“It’s the perfect opportunity to proudly wear your team colours, and to share sporting opinions with anyone in the office, or school, who will listen to you! It can also boost team, school or office spirit by working together for such an important cause.”This year GOAL was one of the first humanitarian aid agencies to respond in Zimbabwe to the devastating aftermath of Cyclone Idai which left hundreds of thousands of people without food or shelter. Thanks in part to the support of the Irish people GOAL has reached over 100,000 people in four districts in Zimbabwe with emergency kits and food supplies.Your team and company can be a part of this important work, by signing up today! To sign up to GOAL Jersey Day, please email [email protected] or visit www.jerseyday.orgDonegal public urged to support ‘Jersey Day’ this October was last modified: September 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Should there be concern about Martin Jones? Here’s what history tells us

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first_imgSAN JOSE — Martin Jones’ preseason numbers were not pretty. Neither was his season-opening start against the Anaheim Ducks.But searching for any concern about Jones and his so-so play so far inside the Sharks’ dressing room right now is pointless.History shows he’ll bounce back.“One of the great things about him is he always responds well to that type of situation,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. “He has an off night, it’s almost money in the bank that the next time out, he’s really …last_img

Watch: Kevin Durant wants Elon Musk to send Steph Curry to the moon

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first_imgRelated Articles CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceDespite all the championship hardware on display, the Warriors are some seriously good sports.First our Logan Murdock got Quinn Cook to go shopping for a suit in San Francisco. That made a ton of sense given Logan’s flair for fashion and Cook was clearly appreciative of his assistance. Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to …last_img

King Hezekiah’s Royal Seal Found in Jerusalem

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first_imgThe royal seal of a Biblical king has been found, stating “belonging to Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, king of Judah” near the Temple Mount.Science Daily calls it the “First seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king ever exposed in situ in a scientific archaeological excavation.” There are qualifiers there, because Hezekiah was known from other sources, such as the famous Sennacherib stele. Numerous clay jars from Hezekiah’s time stamped “belonging to the king” are known. Nevertheless, this is an important find, because it actually mentions two Biblical kings by name (Ahaz and Hezekiah) and was found in place from the original location by archaeologists. A short film by The Israel Project explains its significance, with an interview with archaeologist Eilat Mazar, who led the excavation. She stands at the site of this and other discoveries, describing how it was found. The finding was published this month in the final report of the Ophel Excavations of 2009-2013.Hezekiah was one of the most important of the righteous kinds of Judah, though born of wicked king Ahaz and followed by his wicked son Manasseh, who repented at the end of his life. During Hezekiah’s reign, God preserved Jerusalem from the advances of Sennacherib through a mighty miraculous intervention, the Bible says. Despite a few indiscretions (such as revealing his treasures to Babylonian envoys), this king was praised by prophets and chroniclers:He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him.  For he held fast to the Lord. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses.  And the Lord was with him; wherever he went out, he prospered. (II Kings 18:5-7)Hezekiah’s Tunnel in Jerusalem, carved 1,750 feet in bedrock to bring water from the Gihon Spring into the city, was an engineering marvel for its time, and is still popular for tourists today. Considering the possibility that Hezekiah’s own hand might have impressed his royal stamp onto this small bit of clay, this seal, or bulla, puts us into close contact with one of the greatest kings of the Bible.Every archaeological find like this (and there are many) gives us additional confidence in the word of God, but it is our trust in God’s word that sheds light on archaeology, not the other way around.Bible students may wonder about the apparently pagan symbols of the ankh and scarab beetle on the seal. These do not warrant concern; our own American money has pagan symbols that do not imply worship, but only symbolism. Live Science thinks that Hezekiah may have added the ankh as a symbol of life after he prayed for healing (II Kings 20). There isn’t much space on a 1/2″ signet ring to put things. It’s not like the king could have added “In God we trust” to it. The Egyptian symbol for life is small and easily recognized. The scarab beetle probably served the same purpose as the eagle on the American presidential seal. One other possibility is that this seal was carved during a time of Hezekiah’s backsliding after his recovery, when he was proud and may have wanted to impress foreign dignitaries.We have a wealth of detail in the written Scriptures (II Kings, II Chronicles, Isaiah) to give us ample information about Hezekiah. He was ministered to by the great prophet Isaiah, whose writings are preserved on the great Isaiah scroll of the Dead Sea Scrolls—one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.Hezekiah makes for a good character study in the Bible. He was a righteous man, but with some failings. He cleansed the Temple and restored true worship, finally destroying the pagan high places that previous righteous kings had failed to remove (II Chronicles 29). He re-instituted the Passover and other God-ordained feasts, bringing great joy and prosperity to Judah. He sent teachers around the land to instruct people in the law of the Lord. He invited God fearers from the northern kingdom to return to true worship in the Temple:“And the priests consecrated themselves in great numbers.  The whole assembly of Judah, and the priests and the Levites, and the whole assembly that came out of Israel, and the sojourners who came out of the land of Israel, and the sojourners who lived in Judah, rejoiced.  So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.  Then the priests and the Levites arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard, and their prayer came to his holy habitation in heaven.” (II Chronicles 30).Hezekiah responded appropriately to the propaganda and threats of the Assyrian army captain (those threats exemplify several propaganda tactics in our Baloney Detector). The king acted wisely in fortifying Jerusalem and protecting its water supply when he knew how viciously the Assyrians destroyed neighboring towns and fortresses, including Lachish and Azekah. He lived in a time of international turmoil and threats from terrorists, never losing his confidence in God, though natural fear was evident in his words. His prayer in the Temple is a model for supplication with its focus on God’s glory (II Kings 19:14-19).Isaiah did have to rebuke the king for showing off his royal treasures to the Babylonian envoys, though, and Hezekiah’s short-sighted response gives pause: “Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?” (II Kings 20:19). We might also learn from his prayer for healing that God’s timing is best. Isaiah had told him by the word of the Lord that he would die from his disease (II Kings 20:1-11), but the Lord graciously heard Hezekiah’s prayer, seeing his bitter tears, and healed him, giving him 15 more years to live. After that, though, his son Manasseh was born—one of the most wicked of all Judah’s kings, in large part personally responsible for the judgment of the Babylonian captivity that followed. Manasseh probably ordered Isaiah’s execution among his many crimes.After Hezekiah’s recovery, too, was when he showed off the Temple treasures to the Babylonian envoys; he failed in this test from the Lord. He and the people became proud (II Chronicles 32:24-26), bringing God’s wrath on him and the land; fortunately, he humbled himself and gained relief for a time. Manasseh his son undoubtedly witnessed these failings.  How much was Hezekiah to blame as a father for his son’s apostasy? We can only speculate on how Judah’s history might have differed had Hezekiah accepted God’s will about the timing of his death. We should pray for God’s will and His timing, not our own health and safety. Centuries later, James may have had this story in mind when he advised everyone to pray according to God’s will (James 4:13-17):Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.Hezekiah also made some dubious alliances with foreign countries. Overall, though, his testimony shines in the often dark pages of the chronicles of the kings:“Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. 21 And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.” (II Chronicles 31)The discovery of this king’s personal seal adds to the rich trove of tangible evidence outside of Scripture that supplements our confidence in the historical accuracy of the Bible. It brings us closer to an eyewitness of two of the most remarkable miracles of the Old Testament: (1) the slaughter of 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in answer to his supplication, when the people of Jerusalem faced certain death and torture surrounded by the overwhelming force of Sennacherib’s army, and (2) the reversal of the shadow of Ahaz’s sundial as the sign of his recovery (II Kings 20:8-11)—a matter of astronomical curiosity to modern scientists. Was this the sign that motivated the Babylonian envoys to travel a long distance to investigate? II Chronicles 32:31 contains this indication it was a widespread, not local, sign: “And so in the matter of the envoys of the princes of Babylon, who had been sent to him to inquire about the sign that had been done in the land, God left him to himself, in order to test him and to know all that was in his heart.” We should not question the ability of the Creator to alter the course of the astronomical bodies or laws of nature. After all, He spoke them into existence.The royal seal reminds us, finally, that Hezekiah was an ancestor of Jesus, the Messiah (Matthew 1:9). Skeptics may scoff at the miracles, but they cannot deny the real existence of “Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, king of Judah” having lived in Jerusalem. Nor can they deny the real Sennacherib who intended to destroy them all.  Sennacherib could not brag of a conquest, but only that he “kept him like a caged bird” in the city for a short time (see Taylor Prism on Bible-History.com)—a silent witness that something unusual prevented him from turning Jerusalem into a pile of burnt rubble like the other cities he had conquered. These are strong evidences, but so is the Bible. If you want the whole story, you need to go to the very best evidence—the testimony of eyewitnesses inspired by the Holy Spirit, who never lies.(Visited 450 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Countdown to 20 years of freedom

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first_img4 June 2013The countdown to the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s freedom and democracy next year has begun, marked by the unveiling of a logo by Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile in Pretoria on Monday.Speaking before unveiling the logo, with the message “20 Years of Freedom – South Africa 1994-2014”, Mashatile said South Africans should remember that freedom and democracy came at a price.“It was not free. Many [compatriots] sacrificed life and limb in order for us to enjoy this freedom and democracy. Let us therefore continue to work together to defend andexpand the gains of our liberation,” he said.“The countdown towards the historic milestone of our 20 years of liberation begins today. We take this opportunity to call on all South Africans to participate fully in the build-up programme towards our 20th anniversary celebrations.”Next year on 27 April, South Africa will commemorate 20 years of freedom and democracy. Mashatile said the historic occasion presented an opportunity for the nation to reflect on the path the country has walked towards freedom.He said some of the activities that will form part of the build-up programme include the recognition of unsung heroes and organisations that contributed to the demise of apartheid, and activities aimed at expressing gratitude to the international community for supporting the struggle for liberation.There will also be massive school essay competitions and a participatory process to identify 20 big achievements that are collectively owned by South Africans.Uniting South AfricansAlso critical to the success of the build-up campaign and beyond is the on-going implementation of a social cohesion action plan that was agreed to at the National Social Cohesion summit in Kliptown, Soweto last year.“It is also an opportunity to look back at the road we have travelled since 1994 to deepen the gains of our freedom and democracy,” he said.“Going forward, it is an opportunity for us to work together to implement the National Development Plan – Vision for 2030 – as our nation’s long-term vision and a basis for collective action and partnerships across society.”Struggle hero Andrew Mlangeni said: “A lot of houses have been built for the poor since the dawn of democracy in 1994 and most of those houses have been electrified.“While more people have access to clean water, however, my regret as a struggle hero is that the service at our public hospitals leaves much to be desired. The future to build this country is in our hands, so let’s work together with government to continue building a prosperous country.”Former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Kathrada, said South Africans should unite to tackle the struggle against poverty, hunger and unemployment.Human rights lawyer George Bizos, who represented Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela in the Rivonia Trial, said those who think that nothing has been done or achieved since the dawn of democracy were doing the country a disservice.Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Frene Ginwala, said while South Africans should be grateful about their efforts to create a wonderful Constitution, government should start printing comic books for the youth, explaining how the Constitution works.“There must be civic education in all the public schools so that our kids can be taught about the liberation struggle of this country. Again, all our public schools should fly the national flag,” she said.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

5 Reasons Why Web Publishing is Changing (Again)

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first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts We’re witnessing another sea change in Web publishing. From Pinterest at the beginning of this year to the launch this week of a new product from two Twitter founders, Medium, 2012 has been a year where the norms of publishing are being challenged. It wasn’t that long ago that Tumblr and WordPress were the cutting edge of publishing. But there’s a new edge and it’s populated by the likes of Medium (a kind of categorized Tumblr), Branch (the sister site of Medium, for discussions), App.net (a microblogging platform) and Svbtle (an elite network of indie bloggers). In this post we identify five key drivers for this new wave of publishing services.1. Publishing Is Getting More CasualOne thing that all of the four tools I mentioned above – Medium, Branch, App.net and Svbtle – have in common is that they make the publishing process less onerous. It’s now less about composition (being a writer or blogger) and more about expressing your thoughts as simply as possible. Branch encourages you to “be casual” when adding your opinion to a discussion, while Medium wants to remove “the burden of becoming a blogger”. Tags:#Publishing Services#web The move to less formality isn’t a new trend. Twitter kickstarted the communication-as-publishing revolution and Facebook became massive partly because it was so easy to post things to your profile. The new wave of publishing tools are simply taking this ease of publishing a step further.2. The Web Is Moving From Pages to StreamsIf content creation is less constrained now, so is the output. Web pages and blog posts are still being published, but this new wave of tools is looking for ways to deliver content in a more flexible way.In a post entitled Stop Publishing Web Pages, veteran blogger Anil Dash declared that he wants “a clean, simple stream of my writing, organized by topic and sorted with the newest stuff on top.”This is where App.net could really shine. As Twitter is busy restricting access to its API and shutting down third party apps that use its stream of content, App.net is building itself into a platform to output and organize streams. That’s partly why I’m bullish on App.net.3. Topic Organization Is Finally HappeningThis is essentially what Medium is attempting to do, with its “collections” – which are posts by various people organized by topic or theme. Old-time bloggers may remember topic mapping initiatives from the 2002-2003 era called K-Collector and The Topic Exchange. Those were early attempts to organize blog posts into topics. Unfortunately they never took off, but perhaps this is the time for topic-based structures to shine.Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab, goes as far to say that topics usurp authorship:“Topic triumphs over author. Medium doesn’t want you to read something because of who wrote it; Medium wants you to read something because of what it’s about. And because of the implicit promise that Medium = quality.”I think the voice of the author is still crucial. If anything, Medium, Branch and Svbtle are all elitist – because they restrict content creation according to who you are, not what you’re interested in. However, the presentation of Medium’s content is certainly organized topically. I think we’ll see others, including Tumblr, follow this model. Content on the Social Web has become far too chaotic and it desparately needs organization.4. Quality Is In VogueThis one has been bubbling away for a while now, ever since some blogs became popular with a ‘quantity over quality’ focus (which is still happening) and then Demand Media and its ilk doubled down with that philosophy. As a result, the Web is awash with content – much of it poor quality. Medium is explicit about wanting to change this:“Our philosophy is that quality begets quality, so we will grow Medium smartly, ensuring that our platform is valuable to everyone in this increasingly mobile, connected, and noisy world.”The same is true with Svbtle, which hand selects bloggers for its network.5. Startups Are Searching For Non-Advertising Business ModelsFinally, the new wave of publishing services are all seemingly anti-advertising. App.net even managed to raise $800,000 on the premise that it would never have ads. Instead it has a subscription model. It’s unclear yet how Medium and Branch intend to make money.This is an exciting time for Web publishing. Sure, there are lots of questions to be answered about the latest crop of publishing services. But it feels like there is experimentation happening again on the Web – which is a very positive sign.See Also: How Online Reading Is Changing – And How to Cope! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Not only is the type of content less formal now, the design is stripped back too. All of the latest web publishing tools have minimalist, in some cases almost naked, interfaces. A Svbtle post is basically just text, a custom logo for each author and a subtle splash of color. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanuslast_img read more

Why You Haven’t Made A Sale On Your E-commerce Site

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first_imgYou’ve heard that e-commerce is an incredibly easy way to make money selling products, so you set up your site…and yet all you’re getting is crickets. You think your products are pretty unique, so what gives? Why aren’t you raking in the money?Likely you’re making one (or more) of the following mistakes. Fortunately, they’re all easy to remedy.1. It’s Not Easy to Make a PurchaseIf you log into your analytics, see where people are leaving your site. You might find that they’re actually putting products in their virtual shopping carts, but then not completing the transaction.Why?It could be that the checkout process is arduous and people get frustrated. Considering that they can buy something on Amazon within seconds, you’re going to have to ensure that buying a product is easy and fast.It might be because navigation is clunky and difficult to use. It could also be that there’s a link that doesn’t work.Pretend you’re a customer and go through the checkout process to ensure that everything is functioning correctly, and pay attention to how long it takes. If you can simplify, for example, the number of screens they click through to complete the transaction, you may instantly see an uptick in sales from this fix.2. You Come Off as UnprofessionalMaybe you got the free domain name that came with your e-commerce package because you didn’t want to spend money on one. That could be a big mistake. People pay attention to small details like the website name, and if you were too cheap to buy a $10 URL, that may make it harder for potential customers to trust you.The same goes for your business email address. If you’re using Yahoo or Gmail rather than @yourcompanyname.com, people may not take you seriously.It’s such a simple thing to buy a domain name, and it comes with free email with the domain name, so why wouldn’t you take advantage of making your business look more professional?3. Your Prices Aren’t CompetitiveIt’s sad to say, but e-commerce is often a race to the lowest price. Amazon has made it harder than ever to realize a hefty profit margin when you’re selling products online. On average, e-commerce stores see between 30 and 40% gross margin, but you might be lucky to get even that.Test out lowering your prices and see if that attracts more sales. If you can’t afford to lower your prices, find other ways to provide value. Can you offer a free gift with purchase or free shipping? The more enticing your offering, the more you’ll sell.4. Your Product Pages are LacklusterIf you were a shopper visiting your site, would the product pages spur you to buy from the site? Or are your photos dim and out of focus, your product description nil, and your add-to-cart button nowhere to be found?Your product pages are where you shine the spotlight on the things you sell. You need professional product photos, to start. It’s worth the investment. But if you want to DIY them, at least put effort into making the photos great. If you’re willing to really make your site stand out, try using explainer videos to highlight the product or service and increase customer engagement.The description copy is what tells visitors more about your products and helps them decide if they want to buy them, so go all out. Include keywords that help search engines find your product pages and describe in detail both the physical aspects as well as the benefits. Include dimensions and weight if applicable.Every product page needs to include the ability to add the product to the shopping cart. Otherwise how can you sell?? It may also be helpful to include a shipping calculator on each page so shoppers know up front what they’ll pay.5. Search Engines Don’t Even Know You’re AliveSearch engine optimization is your new best friend when running an e-commerce company. You need Google and other search engines to be able to quickly scan your site, figure out what it sells, and rank it high in search results.That doesn’t happen without a little effort.Each page should have one keyword focus. Your home page might have the keyword “organic dog treats” used throughout the copy, while one product page might use “vegan dog bones.” One keyword per page is all you need; more will confuse search engines and drop your ranking.Simply slapping up an e-commerce website isn’t going to make you a millionaire…or even a single sale. You’ve got to continually put effort into building your website and making it more user-friendly. Over time, if you do the right things, you’ll see sales. Happy customers will come back for more, and tell their friends. Have patience and be willing to put in the work. Maggie Aland Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Related Posts 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of…last_img read more